Anemone--Windflower, Japanese Anemone

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Anemone--Windflower, Japanese Anemone

These comments refer to anemones without tuberous roots. Anemones are long lived and fairly trouble free when given good growing conditions. They like a well drained soil with good amounts of organic matter. Most will do well with full sun in the morning and dappled light in the afternoon. Mulching to maintain a cool root zone is beneficial. In winter, anemones die back to deep, woody fibrous roots. Anemones need a winter mulch and thorough watering in dry weather.

Propagation is by seed, division and root cuttings. Division is done in early spring but only when necessary. Plant seed indoors in the spring. Keep the temperature between 70 and 75 degrees. Germination takes place in three to four weeks.

Anemone japonica--Japanese Anemone Grows 18 to 30 inches tall with flowers of white, pink, or red. Space the plants 15 to 20 inches apart and do not disturb them once established. Propagation is by root cuttings taken in the fall, potted, and placed in a cold frame. Seed may be sown outside in fall for spring germination.

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